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Ava Rand

Pronouns

She/her/hers

Concentration

Theater Technology and Design, Sound Design

Academic Year

Sophomore

Briefly describe how you would contribute to implementing the goals of the Theatre Arts Student Council.

As The Head of Sound department, a student council member, and a peer leader throughout high school, and a MMC Emerging Leader, I learned the most important part of implementing goals is communication. A willingness to reach out, present ideas, and ask questions is essential. And I will be honest, I ask ~a lot~ of questions. Not only am I willing to speak out, I am also willing to listen. Without the back and forth and understanding of each other’s concerns, we cannot complete any of our communal goals. I believe that I would benefit TASC as I am very good at creating an environment in which we all not only listen, but hear each other.

Briefly describe your relevant past experience that would support your work as a representative on the Theatre Arts Student Council.

Throughout high school I was involved in many school leadership programs. I served on the Princeton High School student council where I worked closely with teacher and administration to advocate for students. Not only was I in the student council, I was a part of a program called Teen PEP. Teen PEP was a peer-to-peer education program in which upperclassmen taught underclassmen about sexual education, relationships, the LGBTQ+, and many more subjects through a series of small group activities and groups. My senior year I was asked by The Center For Support Schools, the organization that implements Teen PEP in schools across NJ and PA, to test run the new middle school program in which we talked about puberty. The test run went very well and is now being introduced to more schools. I have been lucky enough to work closely with TCSS and continue to work as a Teen PEP ambassador, and consultant when they write newer programs. My sophomore year of high school I became The Head Of Sound for the Princeton High School Technical Theater Department, where I ran over 20 shows, including musicals, plays, The Princeton Jazz Festival, and guest performances from The Second City Comedy Club Tour. Throughout my years as the head of sound I learned to communicate and advocate for technical theater within school, and sound within the design team, we are often forgotten about unfortunately. All in all, I have lots of experience working on behalf of peers and classmates to make sure we are supported throughout our education and art creation.